Following on from our update on the 5th June 2020, we have since received an email from the DVSA. We have lifted the important parts from the email and pasted them (in bold) for you to read below.

Driving instruction and driving tests

Other than emergency training and tests for critical workers, driving instruction and driving tests have not yet been able to restart because the risk of transmission of the virus in vehicles is higher.

In his statement on 10th June, the Prime Minister reiterated that the government will remain cautious and measure the effect of the changes it makes. The Prime Minister explained this means moving slower than we would have liked in some areas.

Driving instruction and tests will only restart when the government is confident that the assessment of risk warrants it, subject to the 5 tests and further detailed scientific advice.

In the meantime, I want to re-emphasise that instructors should continue to limit driving lessons to critical workers who are preparing for an emergency driving test.

Once again, I would like to thank those instructors who have been able to offer driving lessons to critical workers during these unprecedented times.

We will, of course, share more information with you as soon as it is available – including the dates that driving instruction and driving tests can restart.

Planning to restart our services

Teams across DVSA have been working extremely hard over the past few months to make sure we’re in the best possible position to restart our services as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Our priority is to make sure that Instructors, candidates and our staff stay safe.

Planning driving test schedules

When we suspended driving tests, we rescheduled all your pupils’ driving tests to a named date and time.

But we now have 3 issues to think about:

·        rescheduled dates might not be suitable for you and your pupils, as situations may have changed

·        not all driving examiners will be available

·        social distancing measures might limit the number of tests we can carry out

This means we need to think about the best way to make sure candidates can take their test at a convenient time, in a way that is fair to everyone.

The fairest way we can do this is to put all the rescheduled tests ‘on hold’.

This means the test will no longer go ahead on the originally rescheduled date.

We will then ask people in the backlog to go online and choose their preferred date and time. We will invite them to do this in batches, based on when their test should have originally taken place.

We will contact instructors before we start this process, so they can make candidates aware of what is happening. We will also contact candidates directly with more information.

We are also planning how we can continue to help critical workers to get a test as a priority throughout this process.

Should you have any questions following this update from the DVSA, please contact your instructor directly.

Lastly…. All theory tests have been further cancelled up to and including the 3rd July 2020.

Look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Team FJDS

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